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The Commonwealth Government has announced, as part of the 2015 Budget, that the Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) is closed to new entrants.


Applications for the 2016 round for the Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) have now closed. 

Given the changes currently underway to the overall rural health scholarship system, only a very small number of new RAMUS scholarships are available for 2016. Priority will be given to those current or enrolling medical students who spent the majority of the time between their 5th and 18th birthday with a home address in a more rural or remote area within Australia. (This means ASGC-RA 3-5.) Within that sub-group, priority will be given to those who can demonstrate greater financial need and a commitment to working in rural, regional or remote Australia after studies are completed.

Given the availability of only about 20 new scholarships, applications from existing or potential medical students who spent the time from their 5th to their eighteenth birthday in Inner regional areas will not be successful.

Students may apply for a RAMUS scholarship during any year of their studies. Prospective students who have applied to study medicine in 2016 but do not yet have a confirmed university place are welcome to apply. Given the small number of new scholarships available, there will not be an appeals process for this final RAMUS round.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 19 January 2016. Successful applicants will receive un-bonded scholarships worth $10,000 a year while completing a standard medical degree at their chosen Australian university.  

To be eligible for RAMUS applicants must:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia
  • have lived in a defined Australian rural area for a minimum of five consecutive years, or eight cumulative years, from their fifth birthday up to the time of entering medical school;

The ASGC Remoteness Areas (RA) classification is used to determine eligible rural locations for RAMUS. Eligible rural locations in 2016 are those identified as being within RA categories 2-5.  Information on RA categories and an interactive map can be found at

  • be studying full-time in an accredited Australian undergraduate or graduate-entry medical degree;

Students can apply for RAMUS if they are applying to study medicine, but do not yet have a confirmed university place; or if they are already enrolled in a medical degree, and in any year of their medical studies.

  • agree to be a member of the student rural health club at or affiliated with the university at which they are, or will be, enrolled; and
  • not be receiving any other scholarships, cadetships or bursaries with a combined value of more than $7,000 per year.

Selection of successful applicants

The number of RAMUS scholarship places is limited and scholarships are awarded through a competitive selection process.

Scholarships will be awarded to the eligible applicants who rank the highest against the selection criteria of:

  • rural background, based on the length of time they have lived in a defined rural area between the age of five and commencing medical studies. Having attended a rural primary school is also taken into account;
  • financial need; and
  • commitment to working in rural Australia in the future. 

More information

Useful links

  • Centrelink: for information about Australian Government income support payments for students through Centrelink:

  • Government support for rural health students: Australian Government Department of Health information for students interested in commencing a career as a health professional:


  • National Rural Health Alliance: the Alliance is the peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health in Australia. It administers the RAMUS Scheme on behalf of the Australian Government:


  • Rural locations: to check the remoteness classification of a particular location under the Australian Standard Geographical Classification - Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) scheme:

  • Statutory declarations: for information about statutory declarations and to download a Commonwealth Statutory Declaration form:

  • Tax status of scholarships: the Australian Taxation Office’s ‘Is your scholarship taxable?’ calculator will help you to work out whether a particular scholarship is taxable: